Freshwater Fishing Reports

Week of September 13, 2017

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ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 82 degrees; 4.58’ low. Black bass are slow on 7” Power Worms, spoons, topwaters and jigs. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish.
AMISTAD Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 28.50’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse jigs, Senkos, and craw worms. Striped bass are good on slab spoons, topwaters, shad, and small crankbaits near the 277 bridge. White bass are good on slab spoons, topwaters, shad, and spooks. Catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
ARROWHEAD Water fairly clear; 71–77 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
ATHENS Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees; 0.46’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, topwater poppers and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
BASTROP Water stained; 83–87 degrees. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and chartreuse/white Rat–L–Traps over grass. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and punchbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
BELTON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinnerbaits and trolling Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, stinkbait, and shrimp. Yellow catfish are good on live perch and live shad.
BOB SANDLIN Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are good on swim jigs, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BONHAM Water stained; 79–84 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged soft plastics around newly flooded cover. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good along creek channel with punchbait.
BRAUNIG Water murky. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair down rigging silver and gold spoons near the jetty and dam. Redfish are good down rigging spoons near the jetty and dam. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are fair on cut bait.
BRIDGEPORT Water clear, 79–83 degrees: 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and Megabass Vision 110 jerkbaits in mat shad. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
BROWNWOOD Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.74’ low. Black bass are good on Shaky Heads with green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks in 4–8 feet, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits in flooded cover in 3–5 feet, and Bass Hogg jigs and flukes around docks in 4–10 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 6–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheesebait and cut shad. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
BUCHANAN Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.58’ low. Black bass are good on Rat–L–Traps, daiquiri JDC Skip–N–Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon red Whacky Sticks along docks and over flats early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling deep diving Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps over humps along the river channel. Crappie are fair on pink/white or chartreuse Curb’s crappie jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver.
CADDO Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on black and blue flipping jigs, hollow body frogs, and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
CALAVERAS Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs near the dam and the crappie wall in 15–20 feet. Redfish are good down rigging spoons with green grubs between the crappie wall and the dam in 15–20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, punchbait, and shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
CANYON LAKE Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 2.37’ low. Black bass are good on perch colored Rat–L–Traps, Pop R’s, and drop shot Devil’s Tongues along break lines and ledges. Striped bass are fair trolling watermelon crankbaits over and around humps and jigging 1oz. Pirk Minnows at daylight. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are fair on topwaters, root beer JDC grubs, and craws at daylight. Crappie are fair on white or chartreuse crappie jigs and live minnows around brush upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch.
CEDAR CREEK Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, swim jigs, Texas rigged worms and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on rod and reel. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and topwaters.
CHOKE CANYON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 23.38’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and white spinnerbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch.
COLEMAN Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.39’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLETO CREEK Water clear; 91 degrees at the hot water discharge, 83 degrees in main lake; 0.30’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
COLORADO CITY 14.36’ low. No report available.
CONROE Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastics, Senkos, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow.
COOPER Water stained to muddy; 0.20’ low. No report available.
FAIRFIELD No report available.
FALCON Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 38.04’ low. Black bass are fair on white and chartreuse/white crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and shad. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.
FAYETTE Water murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait, liver, and shrimp over baited holes under trees.
FORK Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, plastic swimbaits on jigheads and drop shot worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait.
FT. PHANTOM HILL Water murky; 72–76 degrees; 1.17’ low. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magics early and late, midday switching to jigs, chrome Rat–L–Traps and Texas rigged 7” black/blue Power Worms. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
GIBBONS CREEK Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon red Carolina rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are slow.
GRANBURY Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver.
GRANGER Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.60’ high.
GRAPEVINE Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are good on weightless Flukes, shakyhead worms, and Texas rigged craws. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
GREENBELT 32.13’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, drop shot weighted flukes and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
HOUSTON COUNTY Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on blue soft plastic worms and Rat–L–Traps with orange bellies in 2–12 feet. Crappie are fair on live minnows around brush and near the dam. Bream are good on live worms off grass beds and piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with calf liver and perch. Yellow catfish are slow.
HUBBARD CREEK Water off color; 76–82 degrees; 1.9’ low. Black bass are fair to good Texas rigs, shad pattern crankbaits and watermelon seed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
JOE POOL Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged worms, Yellow magic poppers and swimjigs. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LAKE O' THE PINES Water stained; 79–83 degrees: 1.74’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits, buzz frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad.
LAVON Water stained; 79–84 degrees: 0.15’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged craws, squarebill crankbaits, and buzzbaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
LBJ Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.71’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red Whacky Sticks, watermelon Curb’s Erratic jigs, and pumpkin tubes near docks. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse/white tube jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on black/blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch.
LEWISVILLE Water lightly stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits and shakyhead worms. White bass are fair on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines.
LIVINGSTON Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.04’ high. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on Zara spooks and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are good on troll tubes, slabs, and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.
MACKENZIE 73.22’ low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Texas rigs and chrome Rat–L–Traps. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.
MARTIN CREEK Water lightly stained; 85–90 degrees; 1.51’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow body frogs, topwater walking baits and Texas rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait.
MEREDITH 55.35’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jerkbaits and Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hogs. No reports of smallmouth bass. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers.
MONTICELLO Water stained; 84–91 degrees; 0.54’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot worms, Texas rigged craws and hollow body frogs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
NASWORTHY 73–79 degrees; 1.25’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, split shot weighted flukes and drop shot rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
NAVARRO MILLS Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on shad Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows off the docks in Liberty Hill Park. Channel catfish are fair on shad. Blue catfish are good on minnows and cut bait below the dam. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.
O.H. IVIE Water stained; 74–82 degrees; 36.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, black/blue jigs and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
OAK CREEK Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 9.57’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, Rat–L–Traps and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.
PALESTINE Water lightly stained; 78–83 degrees; 0.23’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, hollow body frogs and Whopper Ploppers. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are good on minnows and topwaters. Catfish are good on trotlines.
PALO DURO 61.88’ low. No report available.
POSSUM KINGDOM Water off color; 74–81 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, chrome/black Rat–L–Traps and drop shot rigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.
PROCTOR Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
RAY HUBBARD Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, football jigs, and topwater poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.
RAY ROBERTS Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are fair on deep diving crankbaits, football jigs and Reaction Innovations Vixens. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS Water lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters, Texas rigged worms and drop shot worms. White bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.
SAM RAYBURN Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 2.19’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow.
SOMERVILLE Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 15.44’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
SPENCE 49.51’ low. No report available.
STAMFORD Water stained; 72–79 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on jigs, Texas rig and shakyheads. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait.
STEINHAGEN 1.44’ high. No report available.
STILLHOUSE Water murky; 82–86 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinnerbaits and Rat–L–Traps. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, hot dogs, and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.
SWEETWATER Water off color; 71–78 degrees; 23.59’ low. No report available.
TAWAKONI Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigged creature baits, hollow body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and rod and reel.
TEXOMA Water lightly stained; 78–81 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are good on drop shot rigged worms, Texas rigged worms and spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait.
TOLEDO BEND Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.38’ low. Black bass are good on black/blue craw worms and deep diving DD22 crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver slabs. White bass are fair on green Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TRAVIS Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 8.76’ low. Black bass are fair on bone topwaters, watermelon worms with chartreuse tails, and grubs. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on chrome jigging spoons and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and fresh cut bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
WALTER E. LONG Water murky. Black bass are good watermelon spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on white Li’l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows and white/chartreuse tube jigs near the dam. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
WEATHERFORD Water lightly stained; 0.44’ low. No report available.
WHITE RIVER Water stained; 73–78 degrees; 21.2’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait.
WHITNEY Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 3.42’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics off points. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp and punchbait.
WRIGHT PATMAN Water stained; 5.20’ high. No report available.
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